Accession Number : ADA574845


Title :   A Review of the Soldier's Equipment Burden


Descriptive Note : Technical note


Corporate Author : DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION EDINBURGH (AUSTRALIA) LAND OPERATIONS DIV


Personal Author(s) : Brady, Chris ; Lush, Derrek ; Chapman, Tom


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a574845.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 54


Abstract : The equipment load carried by the Australian Infantryman is so bulky and heavy that it presents a significant burden and impairment to his performance. The report aims to characterise this problem, to assess its impact, and provide recommendations from a range of disciplines. A survey of soldier equipment found it is set up and packed for ease of use, not ergonomic considerations. The load produces discomfort and injury, and reduces soldier and unit agility. All these findings are supported by a review of published literature. The report contains a description of the issues contributing to excessive soldier load, provides project management strategies and the change in the nature of operations, and ends with descriptions of six groups of solutions arrived at from examining the factors that make up the 'soldier equipment burden': load weight, equipment placement, and carriage duration.


Descriptors :   *ARMY EQUIPMENT , *ARMY PERSONNEL , *INFANTRY PERSONNEL , *STRESS(PHYSIOLOGY) , AUSTRALIA , HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN)


Subject Categories : Stress Physiology
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE